For those who know me, you know that I’ve been talking about doing a blog about my travels for a while ago and frankly, I never really took the time to do it! I have a good excuse : I was travelling ha! 😛
It’s been over a year now that I’ve been travelling around. I have lived in Northern Ireland, Iceland, Nepal, and did numerous road trips in a total of 11 countries and I can’t wait to share it all with you.
It’s also the occasion for me to give some details news to my friends and family who have some worries to know where I am sometimes! So now let’s get to the bottom of it and tell you why am I traveling?
I’ve always been a dreamer
I didn’t exactly have a peaceful childhood & the only thing that kept me going was all those projects I have made up in my mind about my future life. I had the audacity (or maybe the arrogance) of thinking I could live a life different from the one my close family was living.
I also was a movie nerd (in fact still is; see my blog here). It was another way of escaping from my life I guess and dream about endless possibilities of lives. Sometimes, I was so caught by a film that I felt like I was one of the characters experiencing a different reality myself.
I have also been so deprived of access to knowledge that I always wanted to know and see everything. My curiosity for traveling, learning new languages, my eagerness to know things is only logical after all.
I always felt like I was incapable of stability or conformity although I always tried to. Doing the same thing over & over again always drove me insane. It still feels like it’s a waste of time and energy when there is so much to experience and discover. Maybe it’s just a story about me trying to compensate!
That’s why I have to think that I live the life I chose, a life where I have a shot at being happy.
What happened last year wasn’t the first time I had frustrations with the path I was on, every time I wasn’t getting closer to graduating, I would start studying something else. I have several degrees in Law & one in movie producing (first time I allowed myself to do something I really wanted to not what I was supposed to do).
Of course, finding a job in the movie industry is hard. I had to pay my student loan and my rent, so I worked as a firm lawyer (see the vicious circle here!).
It wasn’t my first job but it was the first one that would match with my Law studies, where I had a good position, good salary, a stable contract, an assistant, everything I was supposed to want. And of course, I felt so miserable.
I was disappointing the little girl in me that would dream about a being happy, traveling, being exceptionally lucky to cope for her-not-so-great childhood.
Why did I quit my job (or in fact my whole life)?
I had to do the same boring desk job every day. I was a firm lawyer in real estate law (negotiating contracts and all that fun stuff). At some point, I asked my colleagues what they liked about their jobs so it could motivate me a little: they couldn’t find anything to tell me.
I also used to go to work anxious. No need to say I had the worst boss: the kind that points fingers and always expects you to fail.
Apart from having difficulties with my job itself, the worst thing is that I was also very disappointed in myself. You see, I started to dislike cynical people at a very young age. Being constantly discontent and believing everything is negative is always worse than being a positive “fool”.
When I would tell my frustrations about my job to some of them (why would I confide my secrets to them? Because they were actually my close family members! but you got a point there!hahaha!)
The would answer me saying:
-“What did u expect? (The Schweppes commercial just popped in my head^^) Life IS difficult, why would it be easier for you? You’re not supposed to be super happy about your job, you have to have a job to pay your bills, that s the most important thing. Be happy to be lucky enough to have one with this economy” (oh yeah the economic crisis comment is always a winner).
As if being discontent was the only way of living, that it has to be a kind of punishment. Life is basically working most of the time, having a few rare holidays, if you can save a little money you make for when you can’t enjoy life anymore because you’re too old. Also, you have to buy a house with a huge credit that you reimburse until you die. If you’re lucky you’ll find someone with the same aspirations and have kids. Why try to enjoy yourself? you are doomed. So sad to think that way right?
But keeping on with that job to “pay bills” was making me become my worst nightmare: a complaining miserable frustrated person.
Well, thanks but no thanks. I had to do something about it.
A decision I had to make
Now, when I tell people that I quit my job a year ago to travel they tell me that I’m brave (or crazy!), the truth is, I left because it’s just a decision that imposed on me; I couldn’t stand my life anymore.
So, I started to dream about quitting even about being fired. I thought about what I would do if it happened, how I could “survive” and realized that it wasn’t as terrible as I FEARED (very important word but we will talk about it later ;).
After some encouragements from friends that are as adventurous as me and some good book readings, I did! I quit my job! It was more a matter of days, I was pretty decided indeed lol, anybody who knows me knows I make decisions very quickly and take actions right after!
Living the dream of traveling : how did I manage to do it?
People freaked out when they heard the news; how would I pay my student loan and my rent? Well, I couldn’t… so I left my apartment!
Let me tell you right away there are solutions to everything.
I lived in a studio in Paris for 10 years (very low rent and cool location, a bargain) and put everything I owned in boxes and left.
When you think about it, I was living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, if I just move I could take the little money I saved and pay a rent anywhere else, it would be affordable.
All I needed was basically a roof over my head for a cheap price, not spending too much on food and go somewhere I could see cool stuff.
I began my journey in Belfast (super random right but this city is underrated in my opinion :P). I knew the city and especially I knew a great hostel I have been staying at the year before and the manager of the place was the nicest person. I applied and got a job there. It was volunteering but at least I didn’t have to pay any rent so the accommodation thing was solved plus I would make a ton of friends. Things didn’t go as planned because the management team changed but it was a good start to my new life. And things got super exciting. The filming of Game of thrones, working in a movie festival… but that I will tell you more in another post later 😉
What I can promise you is that anybody can travel like I do and I will prove it to you!
What’s next for me?
I have traveled in about 25 countries, met countless of amazing people, did things I would never imagine I could, I still have no safety nets and I am the happiest I have ever been.
I am currently in Iceland, one of my favorite countries so far and don’t really know what’s next but that’s fine 😉 Anything is possible! I’m already “dreaming” about my next trips. Just having a desire and knowing I will make it happen is the best feeling and today I couldn’t picture myself living another way.
I’ll try to talk about all my adventures as they arrived and give some tips that I’ve learned about traveling & places I’ve been.
I also love to take pictures (I took like 10 million already! If you want to check them out go to my Instagram!)
If you have any advice about traveling or share your thought about your own life experience/expectations don’t hesitate to comment below or write me an email 😉
Have a great day and let’s GO!